The long-term effects of sugary drinks
A study was done earlier this month to assess if there is a relationship between consumption of sugary drinks and cancer. These sugary drinks include sugar sweetened beverages, 100% fruit juice, as well as artificially sweetened beverages. The researchers found that drinking just 3.4 oz (1/3 of a can) of soda was associated with an 18% increased risk of certain cancers. Even unsweetened fruit juices were found to be linked to an increase risk of developing cancer. These results show that we, as a Western country, have a modifiable risk factor to help decrease our risk of cancer. We recommend avoiding all sugar-sweetened beverages, including unsweetened juice and drinking pure, filtered water.